Your Source for Indian Food
Search Site
Add Recipe
Indian Restaurants
Indian Grocery Stores
Indian Spice Shopping
Cooking Blogs
Indian Grocery

Pumpkin Sambhar/ Poosanikai Sambhar : Indian Food & Cooking Recipes
Add A Recipe
  Contributed By: Sadhana Padmanabhan
Expert Author

Indian Cooking Products
Indian Spices Shopping


Cooking Instructions

South Indian meal is incomplete without Smbhar. Though Ialready posted few Smbhar recipes, I want to post one more Smbhar recipe.   Makedelicious Pumpkin Sambar using this simple recipe from  My Madappalli.


 Chopped RedPumpkins               2 cups
Chopped Green chilies                 2 Nos
Tamarind                                    gooseberry sized
Curry leaves                                few
Tomato                                       1 No.
Coriander leaves                         For decoration
Salt                                            To Taste.

To Roast and Grind
 Chenna dhal                              1 Tbsp.
Thuvar dhal                               1 Tbsp.
Fenugreek seeds                       ¼ Tsp.
Urdh dhal                                  1 Tbsp.
Coriander seeds                        1 Tbsp.
Asafetida powder (Kayam)       ½ Tsp.
Red chilies                                6 Nos.
Oil                                            Asneeded

For Tempering   

Coconut Oil                              1 Tbsp.
Mustard seeds                        1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies                        3 split


  • Pressure cook the dal,  ½ of pumpkin cubes with turmeric powder andfew green chillies with 1½ cups of water until dal is soft for 2-3 whistles. Mashit gently with the back of a spoon and set aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water and pureed the juicethrowing out the fiber.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients from "Toroast and grind " and fry until the lentils turn brown . Cool them to roomtemperature and grind to coarse powder.
  • Add some chopped tomatoes,green chilies,  ,tamarind juice, 2 tbsp of sambhar powder,salt to taste and 1 cup of water .
  •  Close the pan witha lid and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until its cooks well and leaves out nicearoma.
  • Once it cooks well, Add the cooked dal and cubed pumpkinsto the mixture and bring it to a boil, and cook till the pumpkin pieces aresoft.v Finally check for salt and spices and add accordingly.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a small pan and add the mustardseeds. Once they begin to splutter, add the dry red chillies and curry leaves.Fry well.
  • Add this tempering to the pumpkin sambhar.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve hotwith steamed rice.

View More Indian Recipes

Do you have a recipe which you would like to share with others?
Add A Recipe

Other Recipes you may like
South Indian spicy tomato chutney
Instant Rabdi
Mysore Pak (Telugu Vantalu)
Dahi Ke Malpuae
Apple Cake
Grilled fruit tikka with desi tadka
Dahi ke Kabab
Bread uppma (uppitu)
Paneer Pakore
MIni Plain Uttapam
Shahi Panner
Moong Dal Halwa
Mushroom Tikka Masala
Ginger pickle
Chilli Prawns
Orange loaf cake
Pabla Indian Cuisine Aloo Gobhi
Pan Fried Tilapia Fish(indian flavor)